I was diagnosed with UC about 2 weeks ago. Doc started me on Asacol 2 pills 3x day. The Asacol worked for a few days and I did feel better but things never fully went back to normal. Then I had a small amount of blood again with D and lower back pain. I called the doc and he put me on 30 mg of Prednisone. I have been taking Prednisone for 3 days and things are definitly calming down then out of nowhere last night (all night) I started having D again and horrible back pain and also upper abdominal pain (which I believe it was acid refulx and took a Zantac and it went away - same with the lower back pain). I was up most of the night off and on! Also, I am coming down with my 3 year olds head cold.
On day 2 of prednisone I had some gas and pinkish mucus, 2 BM's (not fully formed) in the morning, day 3 things were better on 2 BM's (not fully formed). The doc said prednisone is not going to get rid of all of the blood/mucus completely. Has anyone else had similar situations? I have been pretty much calling my doc every other day and not sure if I should call him again this morning about what happened overnight? or wait and see how I do throughout the day and night (even thou we are heading into the weekend)? Maybe up the prednisone to 40mg for a few days if I dont see improvement tonight?
The one thing that I did do differently last night was take a multi-vitamin which I haven't been doing regularly, do you think this might have agravated the symptoms?
Also, I have been taking one Align mid-morning and 1 packet of VSL in the evening before bed - I started this the same day I started prednisone? I don't suspect that this could have done anything to upset my system.
I am so confused!
Diagnosed with UC February 2010. Asacol 3x day - worked for a week then started having symptoms again. Started on 30 mg Prednisone + Asacol (Taper = 30 mg 3 - 4 days; 20 mg 3 days; 10 mg 3 days; .5 mg 3 days). VSL #3 when I started on Prednisone; Calcium Supplement; Zantac for occasional heartburn. Have modified diet to a low residue diet, cutting down on sodium/carbs while on pred.